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A histologist places the sample into a mold with hot paraffin wax that cools to form a solid block that protects the tissue

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Tissue to be further examined is placed into cassettes to hold it securely for processing

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Pathologist looks at specimen

without a microscope; this is

called gross examination

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Doctor removes

biopsy specimen

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Container labeled with patient’s name and other identifying information sent to pathology lab with pathology requisition form

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Container is accessioned

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Pathologist looks at stained tissue under a microscope or reviews digitally

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Based on the information
the stained tissue reveals, pathologist requests additional testing or makes diagnosis
& passes to oncologist

Cancer Free

Treatment

Additional

Testing

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Specimen placed in container with formalin to preserve the tissue for testing

CANCER TESTING

THE JOURNEY OF A TISSUE BIOPSY

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Specimen slices are placed on glass slides and

stained to change the color of the tissue, making cells easier to see

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Paraffin wax block with the embedded tissue is placed on an instrument called a microtome, and cut into thin slices